PublishedJune 27, 2000

CCIA concerned about government’s expanding role in e-commerce

Letter sent to Administration asks for reevaluation of current government plans

 

Washington, DC- The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), along with the American Electronics Association (AEA) and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), sent a letter to the Administration that expressed concern regarding the developing trend of governments’ role in electronic commerce.

CCIA president/CEO Ed Black believes, “there is a disturbing trend occurring whereby technology provides the springboard that allows the government to reach beyond its principal roles, and into electronic commerce.” This activity goes beyond applying today’s technology toward a more efficient government, and into the inappropriate role of offering products and services that compete with the private sector.

CCIA hopes the Administration will take a closer look at these activities in light of the 1997 Administration directive to Executive Agencies entitled, “Global Framework for Electronic Commerce.” The Administration’s e-commerce directive stated that the government should not compete with private enterprise, and accordingly the Administration and Congress should take action to prohibit government agencies and enterprises from proliferating into the burgeoning market for e-commerce services.

Press contact: American Electronics Association – Mark Brailov

202-682-4443

Press contact: Software & Information Industry Association – Steve Bowers

202-452-1600 etx.320

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